The Lilian Ida Smith Award is offered by the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa PEN NZ Inc (NZSA). The award is only open to financial members of the NZ Society of Authors who are aged 35 years or over. It provides the successful applicant with an award of $3000 to assist them towards completion of a specific project.The Lilian Ida Smith Award was initiated when Lilian Ida Smith, a music teacher of Whanganui who had a keen interest in the arts, left part of her legacy to the NZ Society of Authors to ‘assist people aged 35yrs and over to embark upon or further a literary career’..The $3,000 award is to assist writers of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, comic / graphic novels and drama for adults and children. Applicants need to be working towards completion of a specific project, and members of the NZSA. Applicants are expected to be either in the early stages of their writing career, or to be someone for whom opportunities to fulfill their potential have been limited.
Deadline for applications is 31 October 2020. For more information or to apply follow this link.
Booksellers, academics, lauded writers, an acclaimed designer and an award-winning journalist are among the 12 people selected to judge the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, which open for entries today.
The Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction, which offers $56,000 to the winner, will be judged by reviewer and bookseller Kiran Dass; books editor and award-winning feature writer Paul Little; and writer Claire Finlayson, former Programme Director of the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival. They will be joined by an international judge, whose identity will be revealed in March 2021, to decide the ultimate winner from their shortlist of four.
Finalists and the ultimate winner in the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry will be selected by teacher and 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards finalist Briar Wood (Te Hikutu ki Hokianga, Ngāpuhi Nui); teacher and award-winning poet and novelist Anne Kennedy; and professor of English at the University of Otago Jacob Edmond.
The General Non-Fiction Award will be judged by editor and associate professor of English at the University of Waikato Sarah Shieff; filmmaker and lecturer in Māori history at Victoria University Wellington Arini Loader (Ngāti Raukawa, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Whakaue); and Dunedin bookseller Michael Yeomans.
The Illustrated Non-Fiction Award will be judged by Dale Cousens (Ngāruahine) of the National Library of New Zealand; bookseller and former publisher Brian Phillips; and writer, multi-award-winning graphic designer and magazine art director Jenny Nicholls.
The New Zealand Book Awards Trust is now inviting entries for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Titles with release dates between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020 will be considered for the 2021 awards.
Submissions for titles published between 1 January 2020 and 31 August 2020 are now open and will close 5pm on Monday 14 September 2020. Online entries for titles published between 1 September 2020 and 31 December 2020 open on Tuesday 15 September and close 5pm on Tuesday 27 October 2020.
For books in the second tranche, page proofs will be accepted if books publishing in November and December have not been printed at the time of the online submissions closing. In these cases, finished books must arrive with the Awards Administrator, Ockham New Zealand Book Awards c/- Auckland Writers Festival, Suite 9A Wellesley Centre, 44-52 Wellesley Street, Auckland 1010 no later than no later than 5pm on Thursday 26 November.
The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are supported by Ockham Residential, Creative New Zealand, Jann Medlicott and the Acorn Foundation, Mary and Peter Biggs, MitoQ and the Auckland Writers Festival, and are administered by the Festival on behalf of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust.
Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc are thrilled to announce that submissions for the 2021 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel are now open.
The prize, which celebrates the life and work of the writer and agent Michael Gifkins, seeks fiction manuscripts by published and unpublished authors who hold New Zealand citizenship or who are permanent residents of New Zealand. The winner will receive a publication contract for world rights from Text, and an advance of NZ $10,000.
Submissions to the 2021 prize will close at midnight NZST on Saturday 31 October 2020. The shortlist will be announced in April 2021 and the winner in May 2021. The prize will be administered by the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc). Entry forms and terms and conditions can be found on the NZSA website.
This prestigious honour is bestowed on a senior writer and long-serving NZSA member in recognition of his or her contribution to writing and writers and the literary arts sector in New Zealand. The President of Honour delivers the annual NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Lecture – a free community event that each year looks at the current state of the literary and writing sectors.
At this event, CLNZ will announce the 2020 Copyright Licensing NZ writers grants and awards, presented by CLNZ CE Paula Browning. The speakers will be introduced by 2019-2021 NZSA President, Mandy Hager.
Wed, 2 September 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:30 pm, The MacLaurin Chapel, 18 Princes Street, Auckland.
For more information see here.
One of New Zealand’s most prominent, well-loved and accessible poets Kevin Ireland’s words pop like seaweed pods, whether he is: honouring friendships — making sourdough bread — grinning at the weather gods — wondering why he slept in — marvelling at the miracle of a shower — giving advice to writers — analysing chance remarks and philosophical paradoxes — celebrating the benefits of a failing memory — circumnavigating childhood, ageing and death … or just having fun, which he does refreshingly often. Shape of the Heart sparkles with poems that take us from brain to heart, sometimes detouring to unexpected places (such as the belly button), but most often in a direct and delightful line.
Congratulations to all recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Honours, in particular ANZL members: Elizabeth Knox CNZM for services to literature; Brian Turner ONZM for services to literature and poetry; Cilla McQueen MNZM for services as a poet; Tusiata Avia MNZM for services to poetry and the arts. You can read the full list of honours here.
Creative New Zealand is calling for nominations for three prestigious annual awards, each recognising the valued contributions of some of our country’s most talented artists: The Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement, Ngā Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi (Te Waka Toi Awards), and the Arts Pasifika Awards.
Those nominated must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, and each of the awards have further specific eligibility criteria. See our website for further information on who’s eligible, how to nominate someone and how award recipients are chosen.
Nominations need to be submitted via email by the following dates (listed in order of closing date):
The annual Landfall Essay competition is open for unpublished essays on any subject, up to 4000 words. The competition is judged by the editor of Landfall and the winner announced and published in the November issue. The winner also receives $3000 and a year’s subscription to Landfall. Deadline for the 2020 Landfall Essay Competition is 31 July 2020. For entry details see here.
Westport writer Becky Manawatu has won this year’s $55,000 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards’ Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction for her first novel, Auē (Makaro Press).
Another first-time author, Dunedin’s Straitjacket Fits frontman Shayne Carter, won the General Non-Fiction Award for his work, Dead People I Have Known (Victoria University Press).
Wellington writer, editor and publisher Helen Rickerby won the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry for her collection How to Live (Auckland University Press).
Three Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa curators – Stephanie Gibson; Matariki WIlliams (Tūhoe, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Hauiti) and Puawai Cairns (Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāiterangi) – won the Illustrated Non-Fiction Award for their work Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance.
The General Non-Fiction, Poetry and Illustrated Non-Fiction category winners each took home a $10,000 prize.
Four MitoQ Best First Book Awards were also presented at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards:
The Hubert Church Prize for a best first book of Fiction: Becky Manawatu for Auē (Mākaro Press).
The E.H. McCormick Prize for a best first work of General Non-Fiction: Shayne Carter for Dead People I Have Known (Victoria University Press).
The Jessie Mackay Prize for a best first book of Poetry: Jane Arthur for Craven (Victoria University Press).
The Judith Binney Prize for a best first work of Illustrated Non-Fiction: Chris McDowall and Tim Denee for We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa (Massey University Press).
Each MitoQ Best First Book Award winner received $2,500 and a 12-month membership subscription to the New Zealand Society of Authors.
Want to know more? Watch the first ever Ockham virtual ceremony.
The Mātātuhi Foundation’s kaupapa is all about strengthening and developing Aotearoa’s literary landscape. To achieve that goal we’re giving Kiwi literary innovators the opportunity to secure an individual seed funding grant of up to $5,000. If that sounds like you, watch our video to find out more!
Do you have an innovative project that meets the following criteria?
Relates to New Zealand literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry)
Demonstrates imagination and innovation
Delivers broad community outcomes – think BIG, exponential impact!
The project is new or growth-focused rather than business as usual
The project has clearly defined deliverables that are both achievable and measurable
Ticking all the boxes? APPLY ONLINE.
CLOSING DATE – 31 MAY 2020
To apply, simply submit your expression of interest online before 31 May 2020 .
Go New Zealand!
Congratulations ANZL member Catherine Chidgey for her story ‘Attention’ also NZ writer Fiona Sussman for ‘A Breath, a Bunk, a Land, a Sky’ both shortlisted for the Pacific Region Commonwealth Prize.
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction from any of the Commonwealth’s 54 Member States. It is the only prize in the world where entries can be submitted in Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Swahili, Tamil, and Turkish. Such linguistic diversity in a short story prize in part reflects the richness of the Commonwealth, not least its many and varied literary traditions.
The stories on the 2020 shortlist were selected from 5107 entries from 49 Commonwealth countries.
For author biographies and short story summaries, (available from 21 April 2020), please follow this link.
Dunedin poet, editor of Landfall, and ANZL member Emma Neale is the 2020 recipient of the Lauris Edmond Memorial Award for Poetry, a prize given biennially in recognition of a distinguished contribution to New Zealand poetry. Established in 2002, the Award is named after New Zealand writer Lauris Edmond who published many volumes of poetry, a novel, a number of plays and an autobiography. Her Selected Poems (1984) won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.
The 2020 award was announced on 2 April the date of Lauris Edmond’s birthday. A ceremony and birthday celebration was due to take place at National Library of New Zealand in Wellington on 3 April to honour Emma, however due to COVID-19 the event is postponed and will take place in collaboration with Verb Wellington later in the year.
New Zealand’s richest short story competition, the Sargeson Prize, is open for entries. Sponsored by the University of Waikato, the 2020 competition will be judged by celebrated master of the form Owen Marshall. The Sargeson Prize, which was launched by the University last year, offers the overall winner a $5,000 cash prize and includes two divisions: Open and Secondary Schools.
Entries open for the Sargeson Prize on 1 April 2020 and close at 11:59pm (NZST) on 30 June 2020. There is no entry fee, and entries are limited to one per writer, per division. Full entry details and conditions can be found on the University of Waikato website here.
NZSA, CLNZ (Copyright Licensing NZ), PANZ (Publishers Association of NZ) and the Coalition for Books are collecting urgent information to assist with our lobbying to the government for lost income for writers. If you are able to quantify lost income from cancelled events it will be invaluable. Information will be collated from the responses received, and no individuals names will be made public.
This survey form is open now and will stay open until March 27, 5pm
19-03-2020NZSA is sad to advise that the 2020 NZSA National Writers Forum is postponed until 2021 due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 virus. NZSA will be developing a series of digital resources and on-line courses that can be accessed and shared with its members or member hubs.